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Starburst Pendant

Jan 7, 2010
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Designer:Beth Moser
Published: January 8, 2010
Technique: Beadweaving

This pendant goes with the Starburst Bracelet in the January/February issue of Step by Step Beads.

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KarenB@179 wrote
on Jan 11, 2010 7:01 PM

Unfortunately, these instructions are based on directions that are not included: This is a beautiful pattern, but I cannot make it until I find a copy of the magazine pattern it refers to for modification.

Beadgirl@15 wrote
on Jan 12, 2010 2:09 AM

Love the design but pity there are no instructions.  Being relatively new to Beading Daily and the websites, I do not have the necessary issue of Step by Step Beads to look up the Starburst Bracelet for the necessary instructions.  What a pity someone did not think this through before they added the pendant to the site as a free pattern.

waf364 wrote
on Jan 14, 2010 10:50 AM


I downloaded the starburst pendant materials list but there are no instructions. Please let me know where I can get the instructions to try to make this pendant.

I like your designs but I am green to this art. Please help.



Walsworth Farrington



on Jan 19, 2010 4:22 AM

How come only 1 page downloads? I have found this problem with many of your 'free' projects????

LolaF@6 wrote
on Feb 9, 2010 7:25 AM

Thank you;)

KarenB@179 wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 1:16 PM

Would the publisher consider posting the original instructions for sale here? There are so many comments wishing for instructions that it makes sense.  I would be happy to pay the usual fee for download as I often have when I've found projects I want to try.

I'm surprised that Interweave has not responded it its readers interest. There's a marketing object lesson that says: "If you have to put up a sign that says 'No, we don't sell bananas,' maybe you ought to sell bananas." The moral is that when potential customers ask you for something, you are wise to offer it. As I said, I'd be happy to pay.

LynetteJ2 wrote
on Feb 18, 2010 9:09 AM

The piece looks to be worked in circular brick stitch. This is a good practice piece.. Use inexpensive materials to practice with, like nymo thread instead of fireline, incase you have to start over. to make circular stitch patterns lay flat, you need to increase every row.  I counted the beads in the image.  Basic circular brick should be here or in the back of one of the magazines. Basic ndebele should be here or in the back of one of the magazines. Beadwork has always been excellent at providing the stitches required in the back.

always leave at least a 6" tail.

Make a loop around the center bead by  in the center, so you a foundation to attach your first row.

the 1st row looks to be about 18 beads, 9 on each side of the hole in the center bead.   Catch the foundation thread, Add 2 beads, catch the foundation again and come up thru the last bead added. Add 1 bead, catch the foundation a come up thru that bead, and continue around.Exit out the last bead added to position for round 2.

round 2 is 22 beads.. this requires an increase by working 2 1 bead stitches in a single top stitch. 

Begin the 2nd row by added 2 beads, catch the top stitch of the previous row come up thru the last bead added directly under this first set, because you will be needing to increase, and the beginning is as good a place as any. Add 1 bead, catch the top stitch, come up thru the same bead, and if you are increasing work the 2nd stitch in the same top stitch... continue around, if you are short add an extra bead stitch at the end. 

row 3 is 25...

row 4 is is 29

row 5 is 22 8/0s, this might require a decrease since the beads are larger. decrease by skipping a topstitch.

row 6 is the foundation for the ndebele stitch. add 42 from my count.

looks like 2 rows of  single stitch ndebele (2 beads) or a row od double (4 beads) stitch nebele, personally, I'd do it in single bringing my thread down to the ndebele foundation row before exiting out the top.

last row, add a A, 3mm, A and stitching back to the ndebele foundation row and up.


Now with those basics.. play with it.




LynetteJ2 wrote
on Feb 18, 2010 9:32 AM

A similar piece is found here  also using a circular brick. Not exact, but you'll get the general idea.

LynetteJ2 wrote
on Feb 18, 2010 11:43 AM

And here is Leslie's instructions on how to begin a circular brick piece. copy and past the url into a broswer page.


zsuzsi@3 wrote
on Feb 27, 2010 6:10 AM

Very nice, I shel try to do it

zsuzsi@3 wrote
on Feb 27, 2010 6:10 AM

Very nice, I shel try to do it

CheTan2 wrote
on Mar 1, 2010 10:05 AM

Dina@24 wrote
on Mar 11, 2010 11:49 PM

Thank you, Lynette, for your instructions, very thoughtful of you, unlike Beading Daily, which, in this case, has disapointed me very much by publishing a "free" project with no instructions. Some of us dont live in the U.S. and its very difficult for us to buy the printed magazin; the editor should think about that before publishing something that is not really free.  Its a pity because the design is really beautifull, I hope the editor reads these comments and publishes de full instructions soon, for free, as is promoted here.

LynetteJ2 wrote
on Apr 12, 2010 1:56 PM

Have you thought of ordering a subscription? or maybe having a friend forward one to you from the states?



LynetteJ2 wrote
on Apr 12, 2010 3:00 PM

Also, you might try emailing custoner service ...."Our objective is to provide you the most complete and accurate information at all times. If you discover incorrect or missing information, we would appreciate hearing about it. Please email customerservice[at] and thank you for taking the time to help us make this site the best it can be." this is linked at the help/customer service link athe top right.

Luv2CUSmile wrote
on Oct 4, 2010 6:17 PM

I know this is quite a few months after the last conversation on this but - FYI- If you look to the right column of the site there is a set of e-books for free...

The 5 FREE Brickstitch projects includes a brooch that is very similar to this one and with a few changes, I am sure this one can be made by following most of that e-books directions on the other brooch... As Lynette said, use cheaper materials to try it out and be prepared to take it apart a couple times for trial and error time. If not anything else, change the color pattern and bead away- either way you should get a nice project.

I know, it can be irritating when exact instructions are not listed but with all of the free basic stitch instructions out there- here as well as other sites, it can be figured out pretty easily.

Happy Beading!



on Nov 14, 2010 1:05 AM

What issue of the magazine are we supposed to find the instructions?  Thanks.

on Nov 14, 2010 1:05 AM

What issue of the magazine are we supposed to find the instructions?  Thanks.